A loan of $2,100 helped to maintain equipment (improve the lathe by adding an axle and mandrel), to buy supplies (rubber tyres, packing bags) and to pay for leafleting.


Henry Alberto's story

Henry is a hard-working and strong person. He was born and raised into a very humble peasant family, who earned their living working the fields. Henry, as a result, spent much of his youth working in agriculture and raising animals. He was happy in his work until a group of people, living on the wrong side of the law, brought an end to peace in the town. Because of this, Henry and his family - now victims of the country's armed conflict - moved to the city, . In the city, Henry lived with a friend, who taught him how to make spare parts with rubber for motorcycles. With this knowledge, Henry worked for a business for eight months, during which time he strengthened his knowledge and gained more experience. Henry worked at the business from 6am until 1.30pm and, as an alternative job, started his own business doing the same work. He did this in order to earn more to bring up and support his only son, who is eight years old. This loan will be used to maintain equipment (improve the lathe by adding an axle and mandrel), to buy supplies (rubber tyres, packing bags) and to pay for leafleting. This will give Henry more drive to continue with his business and the leaflet will bring more customers. Sales and income will therefore increase. Henry's aim to expand his business, but in premises separate from his house. His business would then be easier to access for the public and he will be better known in the market. His living conditions will improve then and Henry will be more able to support his young son.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Iain Gaw



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